Connection Between Kids and IBS
It’s possible for kids and IBS to correlate and I’ve seen it now more than ever.
While we typically think of adults having Irritable Bowel Syndrome, kids can have it too.
I really want to focus on kids that have IBS, but also get us thinking about our childhood possibly determining our adulthood IBS.
Growing Up Without IBS
I didn’t experience any digestive issues until I was 16.
But, I wonder if all the crap food I ate as a kid created this IBS monster inside of me?
Maybe my body decided to retaliate against my ice cream binging and constant Starbucks runs.
I can’t lie, looking back on my diet prior to IBS makes me cringe.
I often wonder if these childhood eating habits caused my IBS symptoms.
Another key point I think about is stress and anxiety.
The younger I was, the less of this I experienced, which can make IBS worse.
Our World Today
We see a lot more illnesses like IBS prevail in 2017 vs. even ten years ago.
What’s causing kids and IBS to suddenly go hand-in-hand?
I feel like it could be a number of things, but a few things stick out to me.
- Our GO GO GO stressful society (especially here in the United States…we need to chill!)
- Our unhealthy environment: pollution, chemicals, you name it!
- Our food, seriously, what’s in our food??
- Genetics may play a huge part with kids and IBS.
- Bacterial Overgrowth. Read all about it here.
Can We Avoid Kids and IBS From Coming Together?
Because we still don’t know everything there is to know about children and IBS, I can’t give you a concrete answer.
I can however, make some recommendations on healthy diets and lifestyle choices to try with your kids in hopes to avoid IBS.
- Follow a well-balanced low FODMAP diet. Avoid hard to digest foods and overindulgence in a specific food. (Kids often want seconds, especially when it comes to sweets, but they don’t think about the consequences.)
- Use natural products as much as possible, especially during any tummy troubles. Herbal teas and Tummy Drops are absolutely amazing!
- If your child has major stress or anxiety, seek treatment, this alone could cut down on a lot of IBS symptoms.
- Be sure that they have a consistent daily routine. Switching up bed times, for example, can even throw my body out of whack!
Top Products For Kids and IBS
Heather’s Tummy Care products are organic, don’t contain pesticides, GMOs or preservatives, making their products much safer for kids than many mainstream products.
These are products I’d feel safe and good about giving to kids if I had them.
The Heather’s Tummy Teas are great for bed time and calming children IBS symptoms.
If your child dislikes herbal teas, I’ve got another trick up my sleeve!
Tummy Drops are also great products for kids, they’re all natural and the drops are like candies or cough drops, much easier to give to a child than pills.
The tummy drops can easily be put into a purse, pocket, lunch box, super easy to take anywhere!
These little drops provide great relief, so effortlessly! Even adults with IBS should have a stock of these babies!
Heather’s Tummy Care Bowel Syndrome Tummy Teabag KitHeather’s Tummy Fiber CAN Organic Acacia Senegal (16 oz) for IBSTummydrops Ginger (bag of 30 individually wrapped drops)Tummydrops, Natural Peppermint, 30 Drops, Gluten Free
Photo Credit 1 and 2: By Dawn Hudson at prawny.me.uk